Bolshoi drops ballet premiere

AFP-JIJI

Russia’s Bolshoi ballet Friday postponed one of its most eagerly anticipated premieres of the year, a new version of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” after the acid attack on its artistic director, Sergei Filin.

The Bolshoi had invited British choreographer Wayne McGregor to choreograph an entirely new ballet to Stravinsky’s iconic score, which this year marks 100 years since its premiere by the Ballet Russes in Paris.

The ballet was due to have premiered in late March in a festival of dance celebrating the 100th anniversary of the “The Rite of Spring,” the kind of innovative programming championed by Filin. The theater said new dates for the production will be announced when Filin returns to work.